Update: Maple Leaf listeria outbreak
Consistent with normal findings and practice and as a
result of rigorous and intensive sampling, Maple Leaf Foods has found a small
number of positive test results for listeria in the Bartor Road facility. No
products have been distributed and there is no risk to the public.
"Listeria exists in all food plants, all supermarkets and presumably in all
kitchens", said Michael McCain, President and CEO. "Our testing protocols are
designed to find positive results so we can remediate them immediately. The
Bartor Road team has found a very small number of positive results, not
unexpectedly, and is reacting exactly according to food safety protocols. While
there is no risk to the public, we are behaving in the most conservative way
possible, according to the protocols in how these findings are always to be
The facility was closed on August 20th, subsequent to the finding of a
consistent inoculation in product that was linked to an outbreak of listeriosis.
The plant reopened on September 17th in a highly controlled and phased in
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